When two high schools met to play for the D-1 championship title in a Fresno, California stadium, their fans were shocked to hear the announcer tell them there would be no national anthem. After booing the announcement, it was how they responded that has Americans cheering for them and their decision to show their patriotism. These fans were true role models for the kids on the field, and for Americans everywhere.
According to CBS News, hundreds of fans attending a game between Clovis High and Buchanan at Fresno State University’s Margie Wright Diamond on Friday were in disbelief when they learned the National Anthem wouldn’t be played. Despite this, they sang a cappella.
Watch the amazing display of patriotism here:
Clovis and Buchanan softball about to play for D-I title, but before that, it was announced there will be no national anthem. There were boos and the crowd did this … pic.twitter.com/M1w6yDzuTN
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) May 26, 2018
Tiffany Marquez, a fan who attended the game, took a video of the makeshift choir.
We came to CIF D1 section championship game between Clovis and Buchanan and the announcer said “there will be no national anthem.” After some booing, the whole stadium stood up and started singing it on their own.
Posted by Tiffany Marquez on Friday, May 25, 2018
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,'” Marquez told the Fresno Bee. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
Event coordinator Bob Kayajania took responsibility for the decision to not have the anthem played at the game.
“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem,” Kayajania told the Bee. “The game after that are just played. We got caught. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.”
Kayajania called it a “learning experience” and going forward, the anthem will be played at every game.